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Knossos Archaeological Site

KNOSOS, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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Ranked #11 of 33 Attractions in Heraklion
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Type: Ancient Ruins
Description: Knosos Archaeological site 12km south of Heraklion
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Bristol
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110 reviews 110 reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We decided that we would hire our own private guide to show us around the site and the Archeology Museum at Heraklion. This was a sound investment in retrospect. His first advice was "Arrive early" and so we did at 09:00. We almost had the place to ourselves and had time to absorb both what we saw and were being... More

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San Francisco, California
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Important site that everyone should go to, but you will benefit more if you hire a guide, who can put everything in context for you. This site should be visited as a set with the archaelogical museum in the city, where they keep all the stuff they found on the site. Really enjoyed it and was stunned at how advanced... More

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London, United Kingdom
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing place, on one level lots of old rocks and stones but truly its history and context of civilisations through the ages is inspiring. I have always been completely overwhelmed by how resourceful and incredibly hardworking ancient Greeks must have been. A true inspiration. The troubles of our present times - whilst awful in so many ways... More

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Carcassonne
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Very difficult to see what was original and what was reconstructed, somewhat disappointed with the experience, especially after the Greece mainland

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

this was tied in with a tour of the entire dig. It is amazing how much was preserved and how wonderful it is - especially the murals that were still whole and intact in the interiors of many of the homes.

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Farmington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Knossos was the highlight of our recent trip to Greece. This archeological site dates back to 2000 BC and is the source of the myth of the "Maze of the Minotaur." You get a deep understanding of this when you see the ruins of over 1000 rooms (a true maze) that made up the castle and see the murals depicting... More

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Very crowded and Hot . The guide Magma? With tireless enthusiasm and encyclopaedic knowledge made this a fascinating experience

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Washington, DC
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

If you have any serious interest in archeology or history, don't bother. The whole site, with very few exceptions, is a fake interpretation of what it may have originally looked like. There are no original frescoes or other items of notable value there, those are at the museum. So if your idea of. Issuing historical sites is Jamestown village and... More

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Kiryat-Ono
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Take a guide at the entrance at 10 Eu each in adition to admission fee. Tour takes 1.5 hours. Some walking. Not too bad.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 NEW

Like many ruins, the artifacts have been moved to the excellent archaeological museum in Heraklion so I advise allowing less time for this and more for the museum. It's exciting to walk around it and image it filled with people in 3000 BC, and there are some mosaics, but the real treasures are at the museum. In fact if you... More

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